Membership Information

pilotsIf you would like to join CAP, the process is relatively simple.

First, find the unit nearest you using the CAP Unit Locator.  Once you have found a unit near you, show up to a meeting and speak with somebody.  They can get you started on the rest of the process.  You can also download the Prospective Member Information Package if you would like to learn more.  If you prefer to use the phone, you can call 800-FLY-2338 for more information.

All applicants for cadet membership must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Twelve years old (or attending 6th grade) through 18 years old.
  • Enrolled in or graduated from a public or private school or college with a satisfactory record of academic achievement.
  • Not married.
  • Not a member of the active duty Armed Forces.
  • United States citizen or resident alien.
  • Good moral character.

All applicants for senior membership must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of Civil Air Patrol.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.  Active duty members of the Armed Forces can join CAP as a senior member at any age.
  • United States citizen or resident alien.
  • No felony conviction by any federal, state, or military court of record.
  • No pattern of arrests and/or convictions including but not limited to sex offenses, child abuse, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), dishonesty and violence.
  • If you were previously in the active duty military, you must have been discharged under honorable conditions.

CAP has a number of membership benefits.  These include:

  • Rewards & Recognition
  • Leadership and Technical Training
  • Uniforms – All members are authorized to wear a variety of uniforms.  Uniforms for cadets are provided free of charge.
  • Meetings and Conventions
  • Tax Benefits – As a Federally chartered non-profit organization, CAP is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.  This entitles members to claim various expenses as charitable contribuitions.  These include membership dues, expenses for uniforms and training materials, out of pocket expenses while participating in CAP activities, mileage on personal vehicles, and travel and living expenses while participating in CAP activities.
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